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Last Updated: Sunday, 28 May 2006, 20:36 GMT 21:36 UK
Jones claims Dutch sprint victory
Marion Jones
Jones is keen to get back to top form this season
Marion Jones made a winning return to action in Europe by taking the 100m at the FBK Games in the Netherlands.

The 30-year-old American made a slow start but recovered to win in 11.16 seconds with Briton Emma Ania second.

Britain's former European Under-23 champion Rebecca Lyne won the 800m in a personal best of two minutes 0.04secs.

Christian Malcolm and Darren Campbell were third and fifth respectively in the men's 100m, which was won by Nigeria's Olusoji Fasuba in 10.33secs.

Jones returned to action earlier this month in Mexico after an 11-month absence during which she battled injuries and unsubstantiated doping allegations raised by the Balco steroid scandal.

It feels good. The weather didn't look good but I felt like I was ready to go

Marion Jones

The former world and Olympic champion, who has never tested positive and has consistently denied using performance-enhancing drugs, came back to Europe having finally cleared her name.

She hit her stride in the middle of the race and pulled away from the rest of the field to triumph.

"A win is a win," she said. "I am extremely delighted. I want to go back home and train for the nationals. I hope I can keep this form.

"It feels good. The weather didn't look good but I felt like I was ready to go."

Natasha Danvers-Smith took second place in the 400m hurdles, in a time of 56.29secs, behind World Championship silver medallist Lashinda Demus' 54.70.

Scotland's Lee McConnell was fifth in a time of 57.85.

British number one James McIlroy took fifth place in the 800m, clocking one minute 48.21 seconds, while Tom Carter was 10th over 1500m in 3:48.05.

In the 110m hurdles, Commonwealth bronze medallist Andy Turner ran a season's best of 13.61secs for third.

Jones showing signs of recovery
14 May 06 |  Athletics


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